The former Cy Young and MVP has dealt with injuries in recent years, but he appears to be feeling good about his progress as of now and the possibility that he could potentially return to his former self on the mound.
Kershaw says that he has proven it to himself that he is healthy and ready to go, and that in his head, he feels like he has bounced back enough times to show that he can still pitch.
Clayton Kershaw said his spring has proven to himself that he is healthy. "I think for me there is a little peace of mind I can do it. I've bounced back now a few times…I've proven mentally in my head that I'm okay."#Dodgers
— David Vassegh (@THEREAL_DV) March 29, 2022
Kersh Is Back
This is encouraging news if you’re a Dodgers fan.
Kershaw has obviously struggled with his health in recent years but is feeling better than he has in a while and is set to go in 2022.
Even through all the injury troubles, Kershaw has still proven to be an effective pitcher.
In 2021, Kershaw went 10-8 in 22 starts and had a 3.55 ERA, which is a bit abnormal for Kershaw, but he still remains effective and if he can stay healthy, the Dodgers will have a nasty big three in their rotation featuring him, Walker Buehler, and Julio Urias.
The talent and the ability to pitch effectively is still there for Kershaw.
He brings big game experience too.
The key for him is to stay healthy and not spend too much time on the injured list.
If he does that, then he can easily get back to being the pitcher he used to be.
But it’s good to see him feeling confident about where he is now and believing that he can return to his former self.